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EMILY’s List Endorses Ann Kirkpatrick for Senate in Arizona

September 22, 2015

EMILY’s List Endorses Ann Kirkpatrick for Senate in Arizona

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Ann Kirkpatrick for Senate in Arizona.

“Ann Kirkpatrick has always put the needs of Arizonans first – cutting through gridlock to create jobs, advocating for veterans, and championing policies that give women and families a fair shot,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List. “Extreme Republicans depend on John McCain to advance their agenda of failed policies, but Ann doesn’t back down from a tough fight and she knows how to win. The EMILY’s List community of over three million members is excited to stand with Ann Kirkpatrick and to help her get the U.S. Senate working for women and families in Arizona and across the country.”

Ann Kirkpatrick is running to represent her home state of Arizona in the U.S. Senate. Born and raised in the White Mountains of Eastern Arizona, Ann’s earliest roots are in the small timber town of McNary and on the White Mountain Apache Nation, where her father ran the general store and her mother taught school. From her time as Sedona’s city attorney to serving in the Arizona State House, she’s never stopped fighting for her state’s hardworking families. In 2008, Ann took her fight to Washington, when she was elected to represent Arizona’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives. In Congress, Ann has been a consistent champion for the issues that matter most to families. She’s put practicality over politics, voting for a bipartisan budget agreement in 2013 to break the gridlock in Congress and even cosponsoring legislation with a conservative Republican who once ran against her to bring more jobs to Arizona. Through it all, Ann has never stopped living her Arizona values of hard work and resilience, working across the aisle to find commonsense solutions and get the job done.

In Congress, Ann defended the right of Arizona women to make their own reproductive health care decisions, cosponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act, voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, and stood up to Republicans seeking to defund Planned Parenthood. She has been a strong advocate for families in her district, fighting for a cost-of-living adjustment to help get seniors through the recession and introducing bipartisan legislation to clear the backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs. In her first term in Congress, more of Ann’s bills and amendments were passed than almost any other freshman representative’s.  Ann is running to represent Arizona, which has never before elected a woman to the U.S. Senate.  This election will give Arizonans a chance to send a champion to Washington to stand up for the issues they actually care about—and to reject the failed, conservative policies of John McCain’s Republican Party.

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $400 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political organizations ever. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research women's issues, and turn out women voters. We've trained over 9,000 women to run and helped elect over 100 women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 11 governors, and over 700 to state and local office. Since its founding in 1985, almost one-third of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color - including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic congresswoman currently serving.